Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Good Source for Content Area Blogs

Dr. Scott McLeod is organizing the Moving Forward wiki. One element of the Moving Forward wiki is a listing of excellent blogs by content area. If you're looking for some good blogs to add to your RSS reader check out the Moving Forward wiki. There is currently a push underway to add more blogs to the content area listings on the wiki. If you know of good content area blogs that should be added to the wiki, add your suggestions.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
100 Education Blogs Worth Checking Out
My 21 Must-Read RSS Feeds
How-to Week, Day 2 - Setting Up a Blog

EL Civics - Civics Lessons for ESL Students

EL Civics is full of lessons, activities, and virtual tours designed to help students learn about American civics. EL Civics has lessons that cover the functions of government, important holidays, and US History. There is also a section called life skills that contains lessons to teach personal finance, finding employment, and other skills needed to be a successful citizen in the United States.

Applications for Education
EL Civics is obviously useful for ESL teachers and students, but it could also be useful for struggling readers.

Forvo - Hear Words Pronounced by Native Speakers

Forvo can best be described as an audio wiki for word pronunciations. One of the problems with learning to speak a language that is not phonetic is trying to figure out how to pronounce the words. Forvo hosts hundreds of recordings of word pronunciations by native speakers. Currently there are nearly 200 languages supported on Forvo. Along with word pronunciations, Forvo provides some basic demographic information about each language. Forvo's content is user supported and user generated so new pronunciations are added every day.

Applications for Education
Forvo is a good complimentary resource for foreign language teachers. Students can use Forvo as a study aid when they are away from the classroom. Forvo could also be a good complimentary tool to use in independent study courses.